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GeForce GTX 980 vs Radeon RX 470


Intro

The GeForce GTX 980 features a GPU core speed of 1126 MHz, and the 4096 MB of GDDR5 memory runs at 1750 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is made up of 2048 SPUs, 128 Texture Address Units, and 64 ROPs.

Compare all that to the Radeon RX 470, which uses a 14 nm design. AMD has clocked the core frequency at 926 MHz. The GDDR5 memory runs at a frequency of 1650 MHz on this specific model. It features 2048 SPUs as well as 128 TAUs and 32 ROPs.

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Benchmarks

These are real-world performance benchmarks that were submitted by Hardware Compare users. The scores seen here are the average of all benchmarks submitted for each respective test and hardware.

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics Score

GeForce GTX 980 13547 points
Radeon RX 470 11810 points
Difference: 1737 (15%)

Ethereum Mining Hash Rate

Radeon RX 470 26 Mh/s
GeForce GTX 980 20 Mh/s
Difference: 6 (30%)

Zcash Mining Hash Rate

GeForce GTX 980 408 Sol/s
Radeon RX 470 289 Sol/s
Difference: 119 (41%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon RX 470 120 Watts
GeForce GTX 980 165 Watts
Difference: 45 Watts (38%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce GTX 980 will be 6% quicker than the Radeon RX 470 overall, because of its higher bandwidth. (explain)

GeForce GTX 980 224000 MB/sec
Radeon RX 470 211200 MB/sec
Difference: 12800 (6%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 980 is much (approximately 22%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the Radeon RX 470. (explain)

GeForce GTX 980 144128 Mtexels/sec
Radeon RX 470 118528 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 25600 (22%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 980 is superior to the Radeon RX 470, and very much so. (explain)

GeForce GTX 980 72064 Mpixels/sec
Radeon RX 470 29632 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 42432 (143%)

Please note that the above 'benchmarks' are all just theoretical - the results were calculated based on the card's specifications, and real-world performance may (and probably will) vary at least a bit.

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Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 980 Radeon RX 470
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year September 2014 August 2016
Code Name GM204-400 Polaris 10
Memory 4096 MB 8192 MB
Core Speed 1126 MHz 926 MHz
Memory Speed 7000 MHz 6600 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 165 watts 120 watts
Bandwidth 224000 MB/sec 211200 MB/sec
Texel Rate 144128 Mtexels/sec 118528 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 72064 Mpixels/sec 29632 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 2048 2048
Texture Mapping Units 128 128
Render Output Units 64 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 28 nm 14 nm
Transistors 5200 million 5700 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11.2 DirectX 12.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.5 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of information (counted in megabytes per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface within a second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the graphics card could possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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